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Promotion of mental health and wellbeing in young people

ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) is internationally recognised for its multi-disciplinary school and community-based research.

The CHPRC aims to promote the health of children and young people through engagement and partnerships with families, schools and communities.

Research partners

This sub-project is led by Prof Donna Cross (ECU Vice Chancellor Adjunct Professor):

  • Associate Professor Michael Rosenberg, University of Western Australia
  • Professor George Patton, University of Melbourne; Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Phillip Slee, Flinders University
  • Dr Barbara Spears, University of South Australia
  • Winthrop Professor Steve Zubrick, University of Western Australia; Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
  • Professor Marilyn Campbell, Queensland University of Technology

The project will result in the development of a national group of researchers working collaboratively to promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people. This group will collaborate on research publications, research proposals, supervision of higher degree by research students and the delivery of research training schools for early career researchers with a key focus on building the research capacity of the CHPRC, early career researchers at ECU and at our partner universities.

Future aims

For the next 12 months this CRN sub-project will continue to develop research staff capacity and output within the CHPRC, ECU and our partner universities. The project will continue to provide opportunities for training, research collaboration and the establishment of sustainable networks and partnerships.


  • Professor Donna Cross
  • Dr Robyn Johnston
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